Year 3/4 Trip to see the BSO!

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Year 3/4 Trip to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


On Friday 16th March, Y3/4 had the fantastic opportunity to go to Exeter to hear the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform live. As part of their outreach work, the Orchestra work to bring classical music to primary aged children to enhance their musical education, meaning the tickets for the event were free. The theme of the concert was ‘Secrets and Codes’ and featured music by Shostakovich, Elgar, Bartok, and John Williams. In addition to these pieces, the children had to learn a special song written for the occasion, some rhythmic body percussion patterns, as well as some melodic patterns to join in with a listening game. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performances and were amazed by the sound the orchestra made. They especially enjoyed playing ‘spot the tune’ where the orchestra played the first few notes from some popular film themes and had to identify it – extracts from Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars were quickly identified, with the orchestral compere spotting that Compton were particularly good at this game. The highlight of the concert for many of the children was the Imperial March by John Williams, from his music written for the movie Star Wars. A special thank you needs to go to the parents who helped us to supervise the children and the School Association, who very kindly paid for the coaches to take us to the concert, meaning we could take the whole year group without asking for financial contributions from the parents.